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Bungie set to bring back content from old Destiny 2 for new players

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Recently my fiancee and I started playing Destiny 2 together. We were looking for cooperative play with a lot of things that support cross play and cross save. Somehow I convinced her to give Destiny 2 a shot. So far we have had a great time. It has been great to come back to the game after years of absence. But coming back to Destiny 2 as a seasoned player alongside a rookie highlighted a problem: Destiny 2 does not respect his own narrative. With much of the past missing, it’s hard for a new player to catch up without hopping on YouTube.

In 2020, Bungie purged a lot of content from Destiny 2. It included entire scenarios and locations. The original Destiny 2 campaign, the red war? Faded away. The expansions and past events that have moved the overall game narrative forward? Deleted. Places that were once very important in Destiny history, like the Farm? Deleted. And while the game spends some time loosely explaining what happened, if you really want to know all the details, you’ll have to get caught up via YouTube videos or blog posts. Not an ideal situation.

And with more content coming soon in February, this problem will only get worse. If Bungie cares about telling stories in destiny (and based on all the lore books buried in the game, they do), then it’s time to start letting players discover this past content, even if it returns without any specific rewards or loot.

Currently, the new player experience is bad and not just because some people are trapped in a cosmic game show, unable to progress until stronger players come to save them. (Although that sucks, too.) If you really want to understand what’s going on, who all these characters are and what they’re talking about, Destiny 2 doesn’t give you much in terms of context.

The main strategy Bungie appears to be using is to offer a timeline function in the in-game menu which allows you to read blurbs about specific seasons and DLC events. It’s nice, but it lacks a lot of details. And reading about the Red War is a lot less compelling than playing it, which you can’t do in 2021. The new player experience is especially bad for free-to-play players, who now have very little content to have fun with, and most exist without any narrative accumulation outside of a limited chronological function.

When I prowl around the various destiny Forums, subreddits, and social media communities, I often see players responding to people asking for old content or story information with a response that boils down to “Watch YouTube videos.” This is not a good solution, although there are content creators who create great story summaries and videos. A lot of people would like player through some of those older campaigns and missions, to uncover the story itself in the correct order. But that is not possible.

Bungie says all of this old and deleted content, which is now part of the Destiny Content Chest, may one day return to the game. But so far only a few pieces of legacy content have returned, like “Glass vault, which in itself is nice. I really enjoyed this raid at the time. But I also hope that more pieces of Destiny 2 ‘The return of storytelling in the future, although this content does not come with any rewards or new gear and is completely optional to download. While I know a lot of players are just trying to maximize their light level every year, I’m here to enjoy the full game including its story-driven missions whether or not I crank up some numbers. It would be as well to finally let some new ones Destiny 2 players have the chance to work through the Red War and other chunks of vaulted content.

The upcoming extension, The witch queen, is connected to many past (and now defunct) Hive-related plot points, some from the very first destiny. Having more context for new players or returning people would be extremely helpful and helpful, like the Taken King campaign or Crota-related missions from Destiny 1. It would help players regardless of their destiny experience, wrapping their heads around the often messy and weird tradition that fills destiny‘s universe. Plus, it would mean that you could actually immerse yourself in the universe without having to read a wiki page or watch a YouTube video. Imagine being able to play the game to learn more about the history of the game. An interesting concept Bungie should try.